Upcoming activities

Executive Development 2019

19 – 20 Nov 2019

The DAC invites senior industry representatives to an Executive Development seminar led by one of South Africa’s leading automotive experts, Professor Justin Barnes. This 1,5 day seminar focuses on the key technologies shaping the automotive sector specifically and the strategic tools that can support strategy development in the face of uncertainty.


Team Leader Training: Upskilling for Operators’ Productivity

01 Oct  – 29 Nov 2019

Empowered and motivated teams increase manufacturing productivity. Operators skilled in understanding the importance of problem-solving and implementing continuous improvement projects are able to evoke positive change in their work environments. The Durban Automotive Cluster’s (DAC) Team Leader Training Programme aims to empower team leaders and supervisors on the shop floor to understand the critical role they play in the organisation and equip them with the knowledge and practical experience to drive continuous improvement in their workspace.

DAC: Improve your B-BBEE Score

03 Dec 2019

To support the transformation and growth of the local automotive industry, the DAC has, over the last two quarters, delivered a series of workshops (as part of our Level Four Accelerator) aimed at supporting the attainment of improved B-BBEE scores amongst members and their continued access to dti incentives. The final workshop in the series focuses on the Skills Development pillar of the codes.

Level Four Accelerator Working Group

Oct  – Dec 2019

The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) aims to support the competitiveness, growth and sustainability of our members. As such, given the requirement by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) that incentives will be available only to firms with a Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) score of minimum Level Four from 1 January 2021, the DAC is delivering a ‘Level Four Accelerator’ Working Group.

DAC Quality Management Mentorship Initiative

The costs associated with poor quality contribute significantly to a firm’s waste costs and inhibit greater competitiveness and localisation. In line with the DAC strategy to advance the competitiveness of supplier operations to assist firms with quality management and competitiveness improvement, the cluster is making an application to Senior Experten Service (SES), Germany’s leading volunteering organisation for retired experts, to strengthen process discipline around quality management and to support firms with the attainment of quality certifications.

DAC Strategy Development: Aligning our Programmes to SAAM

The Durban Automotive Cluster (DAC) is mandated to drive the competitiveness and growth of the local automotive industry. To ensure its programmes remain relevant and highly impactful, the DAC is undertaking a business plan and strategy review. This will be completed through reflection on delivery to date, consultation with members and key stakeholders and alignment with national policy (SAAM) and OEM strategy (NAAMSA 5 Year Plan).

Graduate Development Programme 2019

The DAC’s Graduate Development Programme equips graduates with the necessary skills to tackle the demands of the automotive component manufacturing workplace. Over the last few years this training programme has proved successful at enabling participants’ growth and development.

Management Development Programme 2019

The comprehensive Management Development Programme (MDP) aims to equip managers with a broader understanding of leadership and management specific for the automotive industry. It is a learning intervention that strives to bring real business benefits to participants and their organisations.